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Archive for: April 4th, 2012

Google Plans Pryor Data Center Expansion

Governor’s Office

Governor Fallin and Secretary of Commerce Dave Lopez joined Google officials today at  a news conference at the Capitol to unveil Google’s plan to expand its data center operation at the MidAmerica Industrial Park near Pryor in Mayes County.   The new facility will be constructed next to the original data center which was dedicated in September 2011 and will double production capacity and add several employee amenities.

“We welcome the news today of Google’s plans to continue investing in Oklahoma,” commented Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.  “Google’s decision to increase the size of their data center in Mayes County highlights the attractiveness of our state as a place to invest and do business.  As a global company recognized for creating innovative online tools that help businesses and individuals succeed, Google has found a technical workforce with a strong work ethic in Oklahoma, one equal to the task of operating their data center in Pryor. Moreover, Google’s substantial investment, one of the largest in our state’s history at more than $700 million, represents a major step in further diversifying our state’s economy and ensuring Oklahoma plays a large role in the ever-emerging tech industry.”

The Google data center in Mayes County currently employs more than 100 workers and houses computer systems and associated components that support services such as Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps, and new products including Google+.  Coming just six months after the grand opening, the new building will not only bring Google’s investment to more than $700 million, but will also result in the creation of up to 50 additional jobs in Mayes County.

The Gadfly: Passing The Torch…Er, Pole

Mike McCarville

Growing up in central Arkansas, I spent many a weekend afternoon fishing with my folks. I used a cane pole, short line, hook, bobber and fat worms. Did the same in northern Michigan, often through the ice on Lake Cadillac. Seemed magical to me that I could throw my line in the water and catch a fish.

My daughters were not much into fishing, but when grandsons Colby and Mike were big enough to hold a rod and reel, I started taking them fishing, That was as much for me as for them; the smiles on their faces when they caught a fish was a great joy to me.

Ann and I did the same thing with grandson Kevin; his I-just-caught-one grins covered his face from ear to ear.

When grandson Mike came to live with us, fishing became our favorite pasttime. We fished all over the place, from a small lake in Mustang to Lake Draper to Lake Arcadia to Lake Tenkiller to Lake Thunderbird to Lake Okemah. Mike became an excellent fisherman, often far outdoing his grandpa.

Then Mike started fishing with his buddies and I got out of the habit.

When I retired, I said I was going to wet my fishing line regularly. Didn’t work out that way.

So, when Mike last week suggested we go fishing with his daughter Kaydnce and Colby, I jumped at it.

Saturday morning, we went to a pond in the front yard of the home of Mike’s wife’s grandparents in eastern Oklahoma County.

Mike no sooner had Kaydnce’s small, pink/purple rod and reel baited up than a perch jumped on the hook. It happened again…and again…and again.

Each time she’d catch one, Kaydnce would squeal and her face would light up. She even learned how to hold a largemouth by its lower lip and how to flip the tip of her pole to get the bait a few more feet into the water.

We fished for a few minutes, each of us catching a few. I first caught a Bluegill, then a largemouth bass.

Then Kaydnce hooked a fish that bent her little pole almost double. It was a nice largemouth, shown in the photo above held by Mike as Kaydnce enjoys her catch.

I told Mike and Colby they needed only to look at Kaydnce’s face to understand why I always enjoyed taking them fishing. Grandpa’s reward.

HD 71 Battle: Provisional Ballots Not Yet Counted, Recount Looms

It appears likely today that six uncounted provisional ballots and the closeness of the outcome in the Tulsa House Districft 71 race may result in a recount.

Democrat Dan Arthrell had three more votes than Republican Katie Henke in unofficial returns that showed Arthrell with 1,416 votes to Henke’s 1,413 votes.

The tally announced Tuesday night does not include six provisional ballots that won’t be opened until 12:30 p.m. Friday, and the election is likely to go to a recount.

A request for a recount would have to be filed with the state Election Board by 5 p.m. Friday. A judge would then set the time and day for the recount.

House District 71 has been a GOP seat in recent years, but now trends to an even split in registered  voters. The seat has been held by the GOP’s Dan Sullivan, who resigned to become head of the Grand River Dam Authority.

Sagac Public Affairs Nabs Four Pollie Awards

Trey Richardson

Sagac Public Affairs received four Pollie Awards at the 21st Annual Pollie Awards & Conference held by the American Association of Political Consultants in Austin, Texas.

Among Sagac’s awards for Public Affairs Fundraising Campaigns were Humana Inc. PAC’s and Merck PAC’s Re-branding and Fundraising Campaigns.

In addition, the firm won direct mail categories for U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe’s Dove Hunt Invitation and Oklahoma State Senator Dan Newberry’s Phantom Cowboy Prospecting Invitation.

“It’s always an honor to have our design and account services team be recognized,” said Jeri Richardson, Principal of Sagac Public Affairs, who was on hand to accept the awards on behalf of the firm.

“Receiving four awards at this year’s Pollies is another great example of how our talented team continues to be national leaders in innovation and achievement for political communications and finance operations, said Trey Richardson, Sagac’s Managing Partner.

According to AAPC, the Pollie Awards are bipartisan awards received annually by the members of the political communication industry who have demonstrated they are the “best of the best” in political communications by a blind jury of their peers.


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